Jakarta, 30 May 2022—The Directorate General of Culture of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (MoECRT) held a meeting with representatives from the embassies of the 20 G20 member countries at the National Museum, Jakarta. This meeting aims to introduce Indonesian history and culture as well as the concepts that Indonesia will raise at the G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting (CMM).
MoECRT’s Director General of Culture Hilmar Farid said the Ministry will provide greater community participation in the highlight event of G20 in the field of Culture. “The spirit of development must continuously be developed. This international event must involve the community, especially the communities around Borobudur, so that they do not merely become spectators,” he said at a meeting with representatives of G20 member country embassies at the National Museum, Jakarta, Monday (May 30).
Hilmar explained that this was in line with Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s message for the G20 meeting not to be merely ceremonial. He explained that the entire cultural activity raises the issue of culture for sustainable living which invites countries to work together to support the global cultural recovery.
The Culture Ministers’ Meeting (CMM) is the culmination of the organisation of the G20 events in the field of culture . The meeting is set to be held in the Borobudur Temple area of Magelang, Central Java, on September 12 and 13, 2022. During the organisation of this meeting, the MoECRT through the Directorate General of Culture will hold a series of events, including Cultural Carnival, Big Meeting, G20 Concert, and Ruwatan Bumi (a traditional ritual of exorcism for the earth).
A series of activities that spark the spirit of togetherness according to the theme of G20 Indonesia “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”, will be organised in a G20 Orchestra. This event is to involve artists from various countries led by Indonesian pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan by promoting gender equality which is depicted from the composition of the artists involved in the project.
Meanwhile, the Ruwatan Bumi ritual implies a message to mankind to protect the earth, of which various living beings take shelter. This Indonesian traditional ritual will be presented in the form of a ceremony which has an objective of restoring the purity and holiness of the earth. By involving the local community, all cultural activities will be centered around the Borobudur Temple area.
The Ruwatan Bumi rituals have been started with series of Ruwatan Nusantara (Archipelago) which are held in various regions in Indonesia. The first Ruwatan Nusantara was held in March 2022 in Merangin Regency of Jambi Province, in the form of Traditional Bantaian Adat Ceremony, which is a traditional slaughtering of livestock as an alms giving ceremony, where the meat is distributed to the community.
Meanwhile, the Cultural Carnival and Big Meeting are planned to be attended by no less than 2,000 cultural actors, indigenous peoples, and cultural communities. Meanwhile, the G20 Concert will involve collaborations of musicians from G20 countries. In addition, various other events such as the Student Festival, Indonesia Bertutur (Indonesia Tells a Story), the International Conference on Indonesian Culture, and other events will be held to support the successful organisation of G20 in the field of culture. During the meeting with the representatives of 20 embassies of G20 member countries, the Director General of Culture gave a tour of the National Museum and visit the museum’s ImersivA Room. In addition, the participants were also served with Indonesian special dish. On this occasion, the dish for the delegates were served with the concept of “from local farm to the table”. “This is the cultural path offered by the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency,” he concluded.